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Two new Loog guitars let your toddler shout at the devil

 Loog is a New York-based guitar company run by a music teacher named Rafael Atijas. These three-string guitars are designed for kids as young as 3 years old and they make guitar easy and fun – at least according to my kids who played with them when they were much younger. The new models are called the Mini for ages 3 and older and the Pro for ages 8 and older. The Mini is a smaller… Read More
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John Biggs

April 26th

Gadgets

BrickerBot is a vigilante worm that destroys insecure IoT devices

A hacker called The Janitor has created multiple versions of a program called BrickerBot, a system that searches out and bricks insecure IoT devices. A researcher named Pascal Geenens has followed the worm for a few weeks and has seen it pop up and essentially destroy infected webcams and other IoT devices. The devices all used a Linux package called BusyBox and had exposed telnet-based… Read More

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John Biggs

April 25th

Gadgets

Revolar, the personal safety button, can get you out of tight spots

 A new hardware/app device called Revolar aims to make it safe to walk the streets. This tiny button will notify your friends and family if you’re scared, the authorities if you’re in trouble, and will even simulate a phone call if you need to get out of a sticky situation. It works with iOs and Android and ships in May. The idea for Revolar came about when co-foudner Jacqueline… Read More

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John Biggs

April 24th

Gadgets

The MWW Iconik 3 is an inexpensive automatic watch for military fans

 Manchester Watch Works aka MWW makes small batch watches that are sometimes homages to historic timepieces and are sometimes entirely new design. This model, the Iconik 3 – the third in the Iconik line – is based on the Blancpain TR-900, a military spec diver’s watch used by navies worldwide in the 1960s. These waterproof workhorses are sought after collectables and the Iconik… Read More

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John Biggs

April 22nd

Gadgets

Juicero users find that man trumps machine

 FADE IN: EXT. BOHEMIAN GROVE – NIGHT Two VCs are wearing feathered headdresses and leather breeches. One, Anton, is drinking Soylent 3.0 from a bag, the other, Brad, Chateau Margaux 2009 Balthazar from a bark cup. Another younger VC, Chase, crushes a Juicero with a golf club in the firelight. ANTON: He’s taking it really hard. BRAD: Who? What? ANTON: Chase over there. That’s… Read More

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John Biggs

April 19th

Gadgets

Pittsburgh’s Kerf Cases enrobes your phone in fine wood

 One iPhone case is much like the other unless it’s made of figured walnut wood from a retired woodworker in California and feels like the surface of a finely-sanded and well-made piece of antique cabinetry. That’s why Kerf Cases, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer, is so cool. The founder, Ben Saks, has been working in wood for most of his life. While working at Carnegie Mellon… Read More

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John Biggs

April 17th

Gadgets

SpotCam connects you to your home, outside and in

 When it comes to home surveillance cams there are two kinds of cams – low-end, highly-motorized, wireless IP cams that are (typically) fairly insecure and higher-end cloud service systems like Dropcam that offer secure but more expensive cameras. SpotCam seems to land squarely in the middle with their SpotCam Sense Pro line. I tested two models and found them more than acceptable for… Read More

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John Biggs

April 13th

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SpotCam connects you to your home, outside and in

 When it comes to home surveillance cams there are two kinds of cams – low-end, highly-motorized, wireless IP cams that are (typically) fairly insecure and higher-end cloud service systems like Dropcam that offer secure but more expensive cameras. SpotCam seems to land squarely in the middle with their SpotCam Sense Pro line. I tested two models and found them more than acceptable for… Read More

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John Biggs

April 13th

Gadgets

The Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 600 is the sea lover’s mechanical watch

 Christopher Ward is a relative newcomer to the watch scene and has long produced simpler, less expensive pieces for the fashion set. Now, after a bit of a rebirth, the British company is finally releasing pieces a techie would love. Take the euphoniously-named C60 Trident Chronograph Pro 600, a $1,750 watch with a large, thick 43mm case made of stainless steel, a ceramic bezel, and a nice… Read More

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John Biggs

April 13th

Gadgets

A new guitar is 30% lighter thanks to multiple weird tricks

 Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could make a lighter guitar, they didn’t stop to think if they should. As TC’s resident guitar lover I have to take all the high-tech in git-fiddles I can get. To wit I present the Enlightened Collection of electric guitars. These guitars, made by Michael Kelly, are 30% lighter than standard solid body guitars but… Read More

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John Biggs

April 7th

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